Charles Osgood will retire as anchor of CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” he announced on Sunday.
“I am pushing 84,” he said as part of remarks he shared on air.
His last “Sunday Morning” broadcast will air on Sept. 25, marking the end of his 22 years on the show.
During Osgood’s 45-year career, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, radio division, received the Paul White Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, which recognizes an individual’s lifetime contributions to electronic journalism and won a Grammy Award for spoken word performance for his in U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen‘s recording of “Gallant Men.”
His voice might be recognizable to children as the narrator of the 2008 animated film “Horton Hears a Who!”
The host will continue to anchor “The Osgood File,” which are daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network and stations around the country.
He will also make occasional appearances on “Sunday Morning.”
Osgood shared this on today’s broadcast:
“Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these ‘Sunday Morning’ broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true. For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on ‘Sunday Morning,’ the time has come. The date is set for me to do my farewell ‘Sunday Morning.’ It’s September the 25th, after which you can still see me on the radio. ‘The Osgood File’ continues.”